Pestis eram vivus—moriens tua mors ero. Martin Luther. Horror and fatality have been stalking abroad in all ages. Why then give a date to the story I have to tell? Let it suffice to say, that at the period of which I speak, there existed, in the interior of Hungary, a settled although hidden belief … Continue reading Metzengerstein


A Tale of Jerusalem

Intensos rigidam in frontem ascendere canos Passus erat Lucan –a bristly bore. «Let us hurry to the walls,» said Abel-Phittim to Buzi-Ben-Levi and Simeon the Pharisee, on the tenth day of the month Thammuz, in the year of the world three thousand nine hundred and forty-one- «let us hasten to the ramparts adjoining the gate of Benjamin, … Continue reading A Tale of Jerusalem

Philip II King of Macedonia

PHILIP II. (382-336 BC), king of Macedonia, the son of Amyntas II., and the Lyncestian Eurydice, reigned 359-336. At his birth the Macedonian kingdom, including the turbulent peoples of the hill-country behind, was very imperfectly consolidated. In 370 Amyntas died, and the troubled reign of Philip’s eldest brother, Alexander II., was cut short in 368 … Continue reading Philip II King of Macedonia

Alexander the Great

Alexan’der the Great, son of Philip of Macedon, was born at Pella, in 356 B. C. Gifted by nature and carefully educated by Aristotle, he early gave promise of his great character. Philip’s triumphs saddened him, and he once exclaimed: «My father will leave nothing for me to do!» When only 16, he took charge … Continue reading Alexander the Great

The Great Greek King Alexander of Macedon

ALEXANDER III, known as The Great[1] (356-323 B.C.), king of Macedon, was the son of Philip II. of Macedon, and Olympias, an Epirote princess. His father was pre-eminent for practical genius, his mother a woman of half-wild blood, weird, visionary and terrible; and Alexander himself is singular among men of action for the imaginative splendours … Continue reading The Great Greek King Alexander of Macedon

Letter to President Obama about Macedonia

Preface This letter about ancient Macedonia was sent to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, by 200 Classical Scholars from around the world. The number of scholars that supported and cosigned the letter increased to 342, by July 10th, 2009. Letter to President Barack Obama May 18, 2009 The Honorable … Continue reading Letter to President Obama about Macedonia

A Dialogue between Alexander the Great, and Diogenes the Cynic

ALEXANDER. What fellow art thou, who darest thus to lie at thy ease in our presence, when all others, as thou seest, rise to do us homage? dost thou not know us? Diog. I cannot say I do: but by the number of thy attendants, by the splendour of thy habit; but, above all, by the … Continue reading A Dialogue between Alexander the Great, and Diogenes the Cynic